First dry cleaner in U.S. to recycle waste fluids outfits stores with green technology and continues to lead in environmentally conscious clothing cleaningTEWKSBURY, Mass. (June 23, 2014) — To the owners and employees of Anton's Cleaners, the largest clothing care company in the Northeast, environmental responsibility is just as important as clean clothing. The family-owned business is proud to complete a major equipment research and replacement plan with Green Earth™ and/or EcoSolv® fluid drycleaning machines, a full elimination of "perc" dry cleaning machines, and implementation of their EcoClean Clothing Care™ program.The EcoClean Clothing Care™ program provides the best in clothing care with the greenest business practices, including control of the cleaning process with the latest cleaning equipment, consistent quality through employee training and performance standards, and environmental responsibility. providing a safe environment for customers, … [Read more...] about Green and Clean: Anton’s Cleaners Offers EcoClean Clothing Care, Upgrades Equipment, Recycles Dry Cleaning Waste
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Today, plastic packaging has a bad (w)rap. But the first commercially viable version of the now ubiquitous material - cellophane - was conceived in a more innocent age, before anyone worried about plastic in landfill, or the sea, or the food chain.It begins in 1904, at an upmarket restaurant in Vosges, France, when an elderly patron spilled red wine over a pristine linen tablecloth. Sitting at a nearby table was a Swiss chemist called Jacques Brandenberger, who worked for a French textile company. As he watched the waiter change the tablecloth, he wondered about designing a fabric that would simply wipe clean.He tried spraying cellulose on tablecloths but it peeled off in transparent sheets. But might those transparent sheets have a market? Find out more50 Things That Made the Modern Economy highlights the inventions, ideas and innovations that helped create the economic world.It is broadcast on the BBC World Service. You can find more information about the programme's sources and … [Read more...] about How to solve the plastic packaging paradox
With the annual season at Sabarimala kicking off to a formal start on Saturday, pilgrims have begun to overwhelm the streets of Erumely - the key base station of the hill shrine.Elaborate arrangements have been made to accommodate the huge number of devotees descending on the town. All government Departments, which will operate from the town on a temporary basis during the season, have been allotted space for operation and parking grounds have been set up to accommodate the huge number of vehicles reaching there. A special squad has been formed to ensure strict adherence to the green protocol norms.High-mast lightThe high-mast light at Pettakkavala has been restored while temporary lights have been erected along the streets to provide mass illumination. The huge mounds of sand at the bathing ghats of the Erumely Thodu, where the pilgrims take a holy dip, have been removed and lifeguards deployed.“We have ensured adequate stock of water in the two check-dams on the upstream while … [Read more...] about Erumely throbs with pilgrims
It’s usually in September that sea ice in the Arctic gets to its minimum cover. But last month’s levels were again unusually low, data from EU’s Copernicus Climate Service (C3S) shows. Ice covered 36 percent less of the Arctic’s seas compared to its September average between 1981 and 2010. Sea ice has fallen to record minimums in 2012 and 2007, declining by an average of 13.4 percent per decade between 1979 and 2015 (source: Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). Recently, its levels have fallen below average even in late winter, usually its peak season, data from Copernicus shows. The Arctic has been warming twice as fast as the rest of the planet, with higher temperatures pushing sea ice into a loop of melting and thinning. Its extent is lower today than in the ‘80s and ‘90s in “every area, every month and every season”, according to a recent IPCC report, which points out the plunging sea ice levels of September are … [Read more...] about Walking on thin ice in the Arctic?
This is an Inside Science story. (Inside Science) -- Big, black wasplike things living in your toilet may sound more like a horror scene than a sanitation solution. That's certainly what people in rural Louisiana thought in the summer of 1930, when black soldier flies infested a set of newly installed privies. "[C]onsiderable consternation often resulted when a person lifted a privy lid and was greeted by a swarm of insects resembling wasps, or when upon leaving the privy he experienced a strange creeping and buzzing sensation due to flies being confined within his garments,” wrote researchers in an account published in 1930 in the Journal of Economic Entomology. To make matters worse, hungry local chickens tore down the privies' foundations in search of larvae pupating in the surrounding dirt. Now, nearly a century later, black soldier flies are being hailed as potential allies in the effort to clean up human feces. They are part of a move toward dry or composting … [Read more...] about Could this be the future of toilets?